Happy #WeddingWednesday, Planner Friends! Its that time of week again! Today on The Bridal Society’s blog we have another Society Planner Spotlight that I can’t wait to share with you. This week’s spotlight is featuring Billie Atkinson-Csik of Best Day Ever Event Planning.
Billie is a wife, a mother of two little cherubs, a devoted auntie, an “all-things French” admirer, a natural born fixer, and an American dreamer. She’s a country girl at heart having only left the family farm for about 10 months while her home was being built. Billie and her husband live happily ever after surrounded by those nearest and dearest.
When asked about being a wedding planner, she says, “Wedding planning was what I was meant to do. I fell in love with the idea of being there each and every time a bride and groom pledge to love one another faithfully for as long as they both shall live. I’m passionate about marriage. If I could have a hand in sending new couples off in pursuit of a marriage as blessed as the one I’m in, that would be my dream come true.”
Get to Know Billie
What inspired you to become a wedding planner?
I love throwing parties. I love being the one behind the scenes that made it all come together. The look on my daughters’ faces after one of their parties and their declaration that it was the “Best Day Ever” inspired me to bring that joy to others. That combined with my love of all things wedding and love led me to become a wedding planner.
What do you love most about being a wedding planner?
I love holding the clipboard on the day of the wedding that has every detail that my couples and I have planned together. I love seeing those notes, sketches, ideas and wish lists come to life!
How has your certification and membership with The Bridal Society helped you and your career?
Being a CWP has provided a bit of credibility when I meet couples for their consultations. I’m new to this world, so many people ask for my “experience”. I can lean on my 20+ years of logistics and supply chain experience and pair that with The Bridal Society certification and most are left trusting my abilities to take on their most important day.
What does your average week look like?
My average week includes a few calls with potential and existing clients, several text messages from existing clients, a call or visit to a local venue, and social media. Social media, social media, social media. They say that’s important!
What is one item you can’t live without on a wedding day?
With my love of logistics… the timeline, of course!
What type of client do you attract?
I tend to attract clients looking for a glamorous, yet casual-in-feeling affair – so someone who may want a tented wedding in her parents’ backyard, yet wants it to be an elegant and classy event!
What is your favorite moment on wedding day?
I have two! The first is the moment that I close the door after the bride and her father have begun walking down the aisle. The second is that moment after the couple is pronounced husband and wife before they head out of the church. I always tell them to wait a few moments and look at their guests there witnessing their day. Pictures are wonderful, but the memory of that moment is beyond priceless!
What advice can you give and/or have you received that you can pass on to new/existing planners?
Just stay in the game. The business may build slowly, but keep at it! It will come in due time!
What advice do you have for engaged couples?
My biggest piece of advice for engaged couples is to focus on the marriage. The wedding is so significant, but you should put as much work into building the marriage throughout your engagement as you do into picking the right shade of pink.